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ERIC Number: EJ772926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Emergence, Flexibility, and Stabilization of Language in a Physics Classroom
Roth, Wolff-Michael; Duit, Reinders
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v40 n9 p869-897 Nov 2003
Learning physics is a complex phenomenon. In this article, we use concepts from the theory of nonlinear systems to study the development of language in classroom science in an experimental unit on chaos theory in a German 10th-grade physics classroom. In ongoing activity, the explanations students developed for phenomena emerged through interactive stabilization and material constraints on the interpretive flexibility of material (artifacts) and discursive representations (talk). Interpretive flexibility both enables novel understandings and differences between private and common public use of these representations. (Contains 3 notes and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany